The Charlotte Bobcats are rarely at the forefront of the NBA, but when the team’s best player goes down with what looked to be a devastating ankle injury, the league takes notice.
Kemba Walker being carried off the court with face in jersey. It’s a left ankle. He stepped on Bosh’s foot.
— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) January 19, 2014
Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker had a gruesome encounter with Chris Bosh’s foot during the Heat/Bobcats game on Saturday night, and shortly after the play occurred, he was ruled out for the remainder of the night. Amazingly, the somewhat diminutive Walker has never missed a game in his NBA career, and perhaps that resiliency had something to do with the next revelation on the injury.
X-rays negative on Kemba Walker’s ankle, league source says. Bobcats guard was injured tonight against Heat.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) January 19, 2014
X-Rays aren’t the only issue for Walker, but it is undeniably huge that he didn’t break any bones, etc. during the play. I’m 100% sure that the team will get an MRI for Walker, simply because of how it looked and how he reacted, but the initial finding is a definite positive.
With Walker in the lineup, Charlotte is a fringe playoff contender, but if he is gone for any length of time, it’s likely that the Bobcats would be back in the lottery. Stay tuned.